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2014 Picnic Baskets and Wine by Limelight Catering

Posted by Lauren Haras on August 05, 2014 | 5 comments

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Dîner en Blanc (DeB) Chicago is excited to bring you Picnic Basket & Wine selections expertly created by Limelight Catering. Like the Hosts of DeB Chicago, Limelight simply loves food. They share in our belief that food has the “power to connect people, revitalize spirits, nourish souls and inspire ideas.” Limelight embraces a farm to table approach, using local, fresh and sustainable foods in all of the offerings for this y...

2014 Event Date Announced - August 21, 2014

Posted by Lauren Haras on July 23, 2014 | 0 comment

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                Worldwide epicurean phenomenon Dîner en BlancÒ is returning to Chicago this summer! The Chicago Hosts of Diner en Blanc are happy to announce the date of the 2014 event as Thursday, August 21, 2014. Attendees will meet at the departure points at 5:30pm and travel together to this years secret venue.  More than 1,000 c...

2013 Dîner en Blanc Chicago, What a Success!!!

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2013 Dîner en Blanc Chicago Announced

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2012 Succes at the Art Institute

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Successful Inaugural Event -  Le Dîner en Blanc® Chicago in the S...

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Is it an illegal activity?

Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris is held on the most prestigious sites of the city, without authorization. The first editions were not easy to put in place. Today, the French authorities know the organization and know that it’s always well controlled. Moreover, the event’s photogenic quality adds to the city’s image of a modern and stylish city, open to the world. To ensure the safety of our International DEB guests, we require that the local hosts have the proper authorization, permits and insurances before proceeding with their event.

How many Dîner en Blanc events are there in the world?

There are close to 40 events scheduled, or in the process of being approved for 2014! Most take place in North America and Europe with a total of one hundred thousand members participating each year. The largest and most internationally recognized Dîner en Blanc, is the original event in Paris. Instigated over 25 years ago by François Pasquier and his close friends, it attracts today almost 15,000 people yearly. The second largest event is based in Montreal, Canada with 5,200 guests.

I have seen that many of your events worldwide are associated with certain brands, is there a possibility for sponsorship opportunities?

Dîner en Blanc International prides itself on being associated with some of the most exciting and elegant brands worldwide, however this event is first and foremost a dinner amongst friends and is not intended to be an event overly saturated with brand and marketing opportunities.

What must guests bring?

A table, two (white) chairs, a picnic basket comprised of quality menu items and china dinner service. They must wear white and be dressed elegantly. Originality is encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste.

Is the Dîner en Blanc really free?

Le Dîner en Blanc is first and foremost a gathering of friends. It is a non-commercial, organisation. The fee required of guests goes to cover the costs inherent to the organisation, i.e. location and bus rental, electricity, insurance, sound system, lighting, security, photographic and video services, and other surprises unique to each event.

What is the size of the table guests need to bring?

The table does not have to be white as it will be covered with a white tablecloth. But it has to be square, foldable, and easy to carry. The size must be between 28 and 32 inches (71 and 81 cm).

How can we participate?

In Paris, one must know a member of the organisation to receive an invitation. In other words, it’s a friendly co-optation system. For other cities, however, guests can sign up on the official Dîner en Blanc web site in hopes of getting a place.

There are lots of rules and many of the guests may find these restrictive. Isn’t there a risk that this will inhibit the spontaneity and festivity which are at the origin of the concept?

All these rules may seem restrictive or over-controlling, but one must keep in mind that the Dîner en Blanc is not an ordinary event. The evening takes place in a public place which was not designed for this purpose and is often very busy. It must be very controlled in order for future editions to be held, but through experience we know that these measures have never diminished the festive and friendly spirit which prevails each year.
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